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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Line-Haul Railroads

Overview: the U.S. Line-Haul Railroads Industry

This section provides answers to key questions about the industry:

  1. What is the total market size (industry revenue)?
  2. What is the industry outlook?
  3. Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?
  4. Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?
  5. What is the average company size in the industry?
  6. How many companies are in the industry?

Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for Line-Haul Railroads: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

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Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)

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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis

Market Forecast

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.

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Forecast / Industry Outlook 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

U.S. map by state

Line-Haul Railroads Industry Price Trends

Rise and fall in market prices are affectedd by supply, demand, and the cost of goods/services sold. Higher demand or COGS will put upward price pressure on prices. Higher competition among Line-Haul Railroads companies will put a downward pressure on prices. The chart shows how prices are changing within the industry, month-to-month over the last three years.

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Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Domestic production activities deduction
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics

Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a Line-Haul Railroads company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Line-Haul Railroads industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Line-Haul Railroads measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.

Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.

Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.

Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 6%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers1%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 7%
Construction and Extraction Occupations 9%
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 14%
Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 7%
Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service Technicians and Mechanics 6%
Rail Car Repairers 5%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 52%
Rail Transportation Workers 45%
Locomotive Engineers and Operators 18%
Locomotive Engineers 17%
Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators 9%
Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators 9%
Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters 18%
Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters 18%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Line-Haul Railroads Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

Largest companies in the industry and related industries, with private company revenue estimates.

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Top Innovators

CompanyInnovation Score

Additional companies, details and innovation scoring in the full report.

Latest Industry News

  • Locomotive manufacturers focus on modernization work as demand for units dwindles - Still, U.S. railroads’ carloads slipped 0.1 percent in October ... the work was performed on intermediate or switcher locomotives that don’t see as much action as line-haul locomotives. To boost reliability and fuel economy, the company incorporates ... (01/09/2018)
  • VIDEO: Short line railroad is a three-generation operation - Perched high in the engineer’s seat on one of three locomotives at the New Castle Industrial Railroad, I had the best seat in the house to watch engines on the short line haul freight to and from about 20 different employers in the area. It’s a criss ... (01/02/2018)
  • BNSF: The Largest US Class I Railroad - Class I railroads According to the Association of American Railroads, “US Class I Railroads are line haul freight railroads with 2014 operating revenue of $475.75 million or more.” This revenue limit is expected to be lower for fiscal 2015. Along with ... (05/10/2016)
  • Railroads will have important say in stadium project - The TRRA is owned by 9 line-haul railroads. I submit that the determination of whether the relocation of the rail line, and pedestrian safety factors, makes this a "doable project" will rest with the chief operating officer of those railroads. If Gov. (01/27/2015)
  • Why railroads are taking a fresh look at natural gas: Kemp - The railroads told air-quality regulators that gas-fueled trains ... and safety challenges to be overcome before gas-fueled trains could become common in line-haul service. The joint report chronicles at least 13 small-scale experiments with natural ... (08/13/2014)
  • Railroad Stock Outlook - Sept. 2012 - regional railroads and local line haul operators. These railroads operate across 150,000 miles of railroad tracks and generate over $50 billion in annual freight revenues. Based on their operating revenues, freight railroads are categorized into three ... (09/14/2012)
  • Railroad Industry Stock Outlook - May 2012 - Contrary to market expectations, freight railroads emerged unscathed by coal's woes, with most of the big players surpassing their earnings estimates. Contrary to market expectations, freight railroads emerged unscathed by coal's woes, ... (05/25/2012)
  • Railroad Industry Stock Outlook - May 2012 - Industry Outlook - The vast geography of the U.S. is covered by over 600 freight railroads comprising Class I, regional railroads and local line haul operators. These railroads operate across 150,000 miles of railroad tracks and generate over $50 billion in annual freight ... (05/25/2012)
  • UPDATE 2-Weak coal shipments weigh on U.S. railroads - May 18 (Reuters) - More cars, less coal. That sums up the shipping trends at the biggest U.S. railroads so far in the second quarter. Three of the biggest freight railroads -- Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern Corp and CSX Corp. -- reported strong ... (05/18/2012)
  • Rescuing the Bankrupt Railroads Will Cost $2?Billion—Just for a Starter - and the line?haul segments of Penn Central would be operated by its parent. ¶Penn Central Unmerged: The Penn Central System would be separated into the pre?merger Pennsylvania and New York Central railroads. The smaller bankrupt lines would be merged ... (01/05/1975)

Government Contracts

In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $1,033,001 on Line-Haul Railroads. It has awarded 23 contracts to 6 companies, with an average value of $172,167 per company.   

Top government vendors:

CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount

Segments classified within this market research report

This industry market research report includes companies whose primary business is any of the following:
Railway transportation, line-haul, Freight railways, Railroad transportation, Railroads, Passenger railways, etc.

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